Matchups to watch

Ravens Weekend

November 16, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

ED REED RAVENS FS HT: 5-11 WT: 200 YEAR: 6 VS. KELLEN WINSLOW BROWNS TE HT: 6-4 WT: 250 YEAR: 4

Whenever Winslow gets in a pass route, the Ravens would like Reed to be in the vicinity. Winslow leads the Browns with 47 receptions for 703 yards and four touchdowns. He always seems to come up with a big catch late in the game to hurt the Ravens. Reed might have played his finest game as a pro Sunday because he had to cover so much ground in an injury-depleted secondary. Reed has studied Winslow well. Now it's just a matter of his staying disciplined enough to cover him. It's two University of Miami guys going at it again. EDGE: REED

TERRELL SUGGS RAVENS LB HT: 6-3 WT: 260 YEAR: 5 VS. JOE THOMAS BROWNS OT HT: 6-6 WT: 315 YEAR: R

Thomas, a left tackle, has had a strong season, and he did a nice job on Suggs in the first game. Thomas handled Suggs mostly one-on-one. He is agile and has strong hands and arms, with a good initial thrust with his arms. Suggs doesn't have big sack numbers this season, but he does have a lot of quarterback hurries. When he is on, he can change the complexion of a game. The Ravens need him to have a strong game against Cleveland, which has the NFL's 10th-ranked passing attack. EDGE: THOMAS

COREY IVY RAVENS CB HT: 5-9 WT: 188 YEAR: 7 VS. BRAYLON EDWARDS BROWNS WR HT: 6-3 WT: 215 YEAR: 3

Regardless of whether cornerback Chris McAlister plays, some time during the game Ivy will match up with Edwards, who is having a breakout season with 43 catches for 752 yards and 10 touchdowns. Edwards is big, tall and fast, which will present problems for Ivy. The Browns should be able to exploit Ivy, who showed progress early in the game against the Bengals on Sunday before he was sidelined by injury. EDGE: EDWARDS

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